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Ask Hopeful Henry:

Dear Hopeful Henry: I love to walk my dogs in the Upper Truckee Marsh but there are signs saying it is closed to dogs currently, do you know why. Thanks, Andy

Dear Andy: Yes, the Upper Truckee Marsh is a great place to walk your pups! However, you are correct it is currently closed to our furry friends and gets closed every year from May 1 through July 31. The reason for the closure is to keep dogs out of critical breeding habitat in order to protect special, threatened and endangered species such as the Yellow Headed Blackbird. The Upper Truckee Marsh’s flat expanse serves as a last defense and natural filter, cleansing water before it enters Lake Tahoe thus making it a crucial component in keeping Tahoe one of the most beautiful places on earth.

In the last 150 years development has eliminated more than half of the original 1600 acre marsh. The California Tahoe Conservancy has acquired 600 acres to restore the river’s natural cleansing function and subsequently increase habitat quality for plant, wildlife, and fish species. This small sacrifice we dog lovers make every year to keep our dogs out of the Upper Truckee Marsh makes it possible for these species to continue to flourish. We as residents should be proud to protect these species, of which many are indigenous to Lake Tahoe.

During the closer the Conservancy-owned Cove East property, west of the river, remains open year round! Leashed dogs are always welcome there.

Join The California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lake Tahoe Humane Society Sunday June 22 for the 5th annual DOG DAY. The fun starts at 11 a.m. at Cove East just off of Venice Drive. Learn more about the great things that The California Tahoe Conservancy is doing for our community and have fun with your dog at the same time (all dogs on leash please)! Free Frisbee to every pup, fun doggie contests and a great raffle with proceeds going to support the Lake Tahoe Humane Society’s “Poop Clean-Up” Project.

Hoping this information helped you understand the importance of the Upper Marsh Closure and hope to see you and your pup next Sunday at Cove East Beach. — Hopeful Henry

Don’t forget it’s the inaugural Harveys/Harrah’s Hike for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society this Saturday, June 21, at 9 a.m. Bring your pup (on leash), bring your kids and come join the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and special guest celebrities Russell Hantz and Earl Cole from Survivor and Brandon Drake Nelson from MTVs The Challenges for a super fun day. All for a great cause to “Help Local Animals In Need!”

Join us for a hike through Van Sickle Park, a great lunch after the hike, valuable information on Living with Fire. A professional photographer will be on hand to take photos with you, your pup and your favorite celebrity as well as pet friendly vendors and a dog vaccination clinic (parvo, rabies and distemper), all for only a $10 donation. Dog vaccination clinic will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m. Dr. Kelly of Round Hill Animal Hospital will administer the vaccinations and there is limited supply (100), so get there on time to register. You will be given a number at registration so you can enjoy the event while you wait your turn. Get complete event information by going to the Events page on

Need some pet advise? Ask Hopeful Henry. You can ask your questions via Facebook just “friend” Hopeful Henry or email or you can write to him care of The Lake Tahoe Humane Society & S.P.C.A P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe CA 96158.

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